Good SCORE from a Bad Purchase!

Good SCORE from a Bad Purchase!

Confession … I have begun taking lessons to learn how to play golf (my husband LOVES the game more than life itself!!!).  Over the years I have resisted learning how to play, since 18 holes just takes too long!  Now that we are “empty-nesters,” I decided to try.  But, being the shopper I am, this all might be MORE about the cute outfits, and LESS about the game!  🙂

Well, any golfer knows that there are days when the weather changes while you are on the course.  This requires a jacket or two in your golf bag to ward off the cold wind or the drizzle (forget steady rain … I am DONE golfing if that happens)!  So, recently I purchased a basic black rain jacket over the internet, which was on sale. Because of the sale, I was unable to return it (after I realized the sleeves were WAY too short for my monkey arms)!

Off to a Goodwill I went, to purchase a nylon “rip-stop” black jacket.

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I knew that I needed to add at least a few inches to the sleeves, so I marked sections on the sleeves of the thrifted jacket, both 4 inches wide.

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Since the jacket had lining, I pinned on both sides of my cutting lines so that the fabric and the lining would remain intact.

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Next, I cut my sleeve sections and cut off the angled ends.  I sewed the fabric and the lining together around the sides.

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Before cutting my new jacket sleeve apart, I marked my cutting line, and stitched on both sides of that line.  I did this again, in order to keep the fabric and the lining together properly.

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Next, I cut the jacket sleeve.

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Then, I put the sections of my thrifted pieces, right sides together, and marked my seam line, making sure that my new sleeve piece was the exact same width as the seam I would be attaching it to.

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The next part was rather tricky, as the sleeves were not too wide.  I pinned the thrifted sections to each of the elastic cuffs.  This photo shows where I pinned, but I pulled out the elastic, so you could see how I was attaching the pieces.

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After stitching these sections together, I inserted the thrifted section (attached to the elastic) into the original sleeve as is shown below.

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When this stitching was done, the jacket was finished!!!  Here is what each sleeve looked like after I added the length for my monkey arms!

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And here is what the jacket looks like now, on me!  Yea…. nice long sleeves!!!

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Hooray …. I salvaged a brand new, unusable jacket!  Now I will be ready for that cool wind or drizzle of rain when I am on the golf course!  You can hardly see where I inserted the extra length!!!  I am feeling pretty proud of myself!

Happy Making,

Molly 🙂

 

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